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Book Review: <i>Six Sacred Rules for Families</i>
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Book Review: Six Sacred Rules for Families

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Why should your family have sacred rules and what should they be? Those are the questions Tim and Sue Muldoon set out to answer in Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home (Ave Maria Press, 2013). As the Muldoons state, “Rules keep everyone on the same page; rules help us plan for […]

The Book Whisperer: <em>God Found Us You</em>
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The Book Whisperer: God Found Us You

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In Handle with Care, Picoult refers to a “language of loss” that parents and children endure in the most intimate family relationships. Within adoptive families, these losses can be especially complex — if for no other reason, because of the number of people involved in the family bond. As parents, however, we must be willing to see – and […]

The Book Whisperer: <em>The Art of Spiritual Writing</em>
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The Book Whisperer: The Art of Spiritual Writing

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At Ave Maria Press, I enjoy working closely with authors to help them “develop their craft.” Rewriting and platform-building are two of the most challenging tasks for any writer, so I am always looking for helpful resources. Vinita’s new book, The Art of Spiritual Writing, is one I highly recommend for those new to the spiritual […]

The Book Whisperer: Two Special Books on Adoption
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The Book Whisperer: Two Special Books on Adoption

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To kick off my first “Book Whisperer” column, I thought I would share some wonderful adoption resources. If you have other recommendations, why not send me a note? My first favorite is Ten Days and Nine Nights by Yumi Heo (Random), for families with older children who are awaiting the adoption of a younger sibling (in this case, […]

<em>The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning</em>: I Hate NFP, But I Love This Book
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The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: I Hate NFP, But I Love This Book

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Can I be honest here for a sec? This is a review about a book about NFP –Natural Family Planning- and in the interest of disclosure, I feel like I need to tell you something up front – I hate NFP. My husband hates NFP. Hate. It. Oh, but the bluebirds of sunshine say, think […]

Book Review: <i>My Sister, St. Therese</i>
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Book Review: My Sister, St. Therese

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My mother always considered St. Therese to be one of my patron saints and so I have always had a great devotion to her. From my earliest years, I knew the story of her life and at age nine I first read her Story of a Soul. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit, I wanted […]

Book Review: <em>Walking With Mary</em>
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Book Review: Walking With Mary

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After decades of distracted catechesis on the faith, many contemporary Catholics have discerned two pressing needs: to learn why Marian devotion is such an integral element in the life of the Church, and to find a comprehensive (but accessible!) written work to offer to others who believe that there is no need to include Mary in […]

<i>Treason</i>: Catholic Fiction at Its Finest
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Treason: Catholic Fiction at Its Finest

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Treason: A Catholic Novel of Elizabethan England by Dena Hunt Published by Sophia Institute Press (2013) “It is suffering, more than anything else, which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls.”  (Blessed Pope John Paull II, Salvifici Doloris) This quote by Blessed John Paul II could well be the theme of Dena […]

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Book Review: In the Custody of Words

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The book comprises twenty poems, and leaves one wishing there were more.

Book Review: <i>Sisterhood of Saints</i>
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Book Review: Sisterhood of Saints

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Are you in need of some daily inspiration? Do you love to learn about the saints? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions, then Sisterhood of Saints by Melanie Rigney (Franciscan Media, 2013) is a book you will want to keep close by. Rigney writes that researching all these women changed her life. […]

Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life
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Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life

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The First Commandment is probably the one of the ten that we worry about the least. “I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.” After all, most of us haven’t spent time worshiping any of the Roman or Egyptian gods recently or paid homage to any pagan spirits. In […]

There Was More to Saint Monica Than Tears
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There Was More to Saint Monica Than Tears

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St. Monica is always on the near horizon for Catholic mothers, because the heartfelt prayers she offered on behalf of her wayward son, Augustine, were instrumental in his conversion. I must confess, though, that my admiration was limited by my narrow understanding of her life. I saw her less as a well-rounded Christian and more […]

Big-Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families
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Big-Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families

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Patti Maguire Armstrong and Theresa Thomas, who previously paired up to write and compile the wonderful “Stories for the Homeschool Heart,” have now come together to create Big-Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families (Scepter Publishers, 2013). What makes a family big-hearted? It is a spirit of generosity with a focus on putting God first. “The […]

Do You Feel Worthy of God's Love?
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Do You Feel Worthy of God’s Love?

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Do you see yourself as worthy of God’s love? Many women don’t. Due to sin, disappointments in life, and voices in the outside world, Satan is often able to convince women that they have lost God’s love and these women in turn give up hope. “Satan wants nothing more for us than for us to […]

Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis
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Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis

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Pray for Me: The Life and Spiritual Vision of Pope Francis, First Pope from the Americas (Image Books) was published a mere six weeks after the election of Pope Francis. As a writer, I can only imagine what a monumental task that must have been for Dr. Robert Moynihan, but the founder and editor of […]

Book Review: Rapunzel Let Down
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Book Review: Rapunzel Let Down

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Please note: Spoiler alert. Like her other novels, Regina Doman’s new book is based on a fairy tale, this time Rapunzel. As usual, Doman puts a modern spin to the story.  To her credit, though, she is able to give us a totally different story filled with twists and turns while at the same time […]

The Crisis of Idol Worship
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The Crisis of Idol Worship

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In one of his typically simple, direct, and forceful homilies, Pope Francis warned recently against idols and idolatry. “We have to empty ourselves of the many small or great idols that we have and in which we take refuge, on which we often seek to base our security,” he told a congregation in Rome. The […]

Catholic Names and Tugboats
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Catholic Names and Tugboats

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I was named after a tugboat. Seriously. I was born in the late 1950s and many girls I went to high school with shared that tugboat’s name: Cheryl Ann. Apparently in the mid 1950s there was a popular show called “Waterfront” which starred Preston Foster as the captain of the L.A. Harbor tugboat. To this […]

Book Review: <i>The Things Lily Knew</i>
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Book Review: The Things Lily Knew

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Few novels are rich enough in characters to become a series, but the Lily Trilogy belongs in this rare company. The characters around Lily, a woman with Down syndrome who has a profound affect on the world around her, are so vividly drawn, so realistic and multifaceted, that they become friends with whom you want […]

What I Love About You, Mom
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What I Love About You, Mom

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Imagine giving your mother a gift that is born of the emotions in your own heart and hand-created simply for her, to share not only the love you feel, but the many ways in which she has touched and shaped your life. You may think you’re not creative enough to come up with such a […]

Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah
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Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah

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When you fall in love, you want to spend as much time together as possible and learn all you can about your loved one.  For author Chris Stepien, his ebook Three Days: The Search for the Boy Messiah was about love.  His love of God led Stepien to want to know him better. His love […]

Under the Mantle: Book Review
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Under the Mantle: Book Review

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Catholics throughout the world might be familiar with Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC as a frequent conference speaker. In many of his talks he shares the story of his radical conversion to the Catholic faith, recounted in another book, No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy. Due to his frequent conference appearances he has developed a […]

How One Life Can Change Everything
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How One Life Can Change Everything

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In every person’s life, there should be a person who, as C.S. Lewis says, “hears the song in your heart and can sing it back to you.” Through this devoted love, one overcomes fears, hurts and selfishness, and the soul expands. For the Lovely family in Sherry Boas’ fictional Lily series, this person is the […]

The Christian Alphabet Book
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The Christian Alphabet Book

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In 1999, Tracy Sands was inspired while listening to Christian music at a church event. With only a pen and the program she received at the door to work with, she began sketching quickly. The urge to create was so strong she “felt as though she would pop if she didn’t get the ideas out […]

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